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Talk about vanity press.

Jimmy Page's autobiography: £445 is a whole lotta money to pay -- There are only three things necessary to be a Jimmy Page superfan: access to the internet, a sturdy coffee table – and £445 in spare cash. Put the three together and you too could be the proud owner of the leather-bound, silk-wrapped and autographed 512-page collector's edition of Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page, the long-awaited autobiography by the famously secretive guitarist of Led Zeppelin – one of the most popular and influential bands in the history of rock music.


Alibaba Plans eBay-style Wholesale Listings -- Alibaba.com Ltd. Chief Executive David Wei said Friday that the company is working on a new business strategy to promote its clients' wholesale products world-wide to online merchants like those on eBay Inc.'s marketplace. Hong Kong-listed Alibaba.com, the online business-to-business trade platform of Alibaba Group, is in the process of integrating Vendio and Auctiva, two California-based e-commerce service providers it acquired this year, Mr. Wei said in an interview. The companies are creating and testing software and services for Alibaba.com that can be used with online sales platforms such as eBay to recommend wholesale product listings to merchants.


Global supply-chain security group created -- The Cargo Intelligence and Security Association (CISA) has been founded to create an alliance of companies and organisations dedicated to international supply chain and container security.

Foreign businesses in China are mad.

Why Foreign Businesses in China Are Getting Mad -- Foreign businesses in China are voicing growing frustration about the country's heavily regulated market -- a bureaucratic maze many say is deliberately designed to hamstring non-Chinese players to the advantage of their local competitors. Last week, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China joined the chorus: its annual position paper, an unwieldy 650-page tome, lists hundreds of market access problems for foreign companies across a range of industries. By stymieing open competition between local and foreign business, China is hurting itself, too, says the organization's president, Jacques de Boisséson. "The proportion of European investments to China, compared to the overall outbound investment from the E.U., is only three percent," he says. "There is not enough European investment in China."

Sheena Moore

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